I am a prospective
student, looking to study at
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UAC code482400 - Newcastle
LocationNewcastle
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 001604G
Program Code40103
Selection Rank
76.00
86.25 (Median SR)
Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Study a degree in computer science

At the University of Newcastle, we've designed our Computer Science degree to train graduates capable of solving the world’s greatest challenges. When you study to be a computer scientist, you could help fight diseases by discovering biomarkers that allow early diagnosis. Perhaps you’ll develop more sophisticated online learning systems to support access to education. You might improve safety and security by mining the data captured in smart cities. Or develop virtual reality programs to help people recover from post traumatic stress.

What is computer science?

Computer scientists work on challenging, complex problems, developing the foundation of new software technologies, both theoretical and practical. When studying a Computer Science degree, your learning will focus on complex problem solving, as well as developing strategies and new technologies across a variety of areas in the field.

You will study courses in artificial intelligence, robotics, digital forensics, bioinformatics, web development and data security. Computer science is fundamental to the newest trends in computing, such as machine learning, autonomous systems, cybersecurity and virtual reality, among others. Those trends are part of everyday technologies like smart phones, learning systems, online shopping, navigation systems, social media, computer games and programmable appliances.

Why study with us?

  • Hands-on practical experience: build vital professional networks and hands-on industry experience with 200 hours of work integrated learning in the third year of your degree.
  • Study courses with world-leading researchers in robotics, cybersecurity and virtual reality.
  • Customise your degree: choose from one of the three majors - Computer Systems and Robotics, Software Development, or Cyber Security.
  • Connect with industry leaders through guest lectures and work integrated learning.
  • World-class facilities: our cutting-edge facilities provide the perfect practical environment to apply your knowledge and test your skills
  • Growth industry: employment in the Computer System Design and Related Services industries is forecasted to grow by 24.6% by 2022*

    * SOURCE: *Department of Jobs and Small Business
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What you will study

The Bachelor of Computer Science focuses on the design and implementation of software as well as the development of new techniques and methodologies. You will study a variety of courses to develop skills in the following areas:

  • algorithmic problem solving
  • artificial intelligence
  • data security
  • computer graphics
  • computer networks and distributed systems
  • databases and security
  • distributed and internet computing
  • hardware
  • programming and software development
  • robotics
  • web site creation

Technology use, monitoring and control, technology design and programming, systems analysis and evaluation and reasoning, problem-solving and ideation are all embedded within this degree, and are skills that have been identified as being in demand and emerging according to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2020.

You can choose to specialise your degree in one of three Computer Science majors:

  • Software Development
  • Computer Systems and Robotics
  • Cyber Security

Advanced study options

Gain a competitive edge and enhance your career prospects. If you perform well in your Bachelor of Computer Science you can undertake another year of study to obtain an Honours degree.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree from the University of Newcastle have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest that may lead to further academic study such as a PhD.

When you study computer science with Honours you will develop enhanced skills to pursue more interesting research and development positions in the ICT industry. An Honours degree in computer science also naturally leads to a research higher degree at master or doctorate level.

Computer science graduates enjoy excellent career prospects as the majority of businesses worldwide require personnel skilled in programming, systems analysis and the management of computer resources.

Computing (Honours) program handbook Apply

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

Additional documents

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World top 250 ? for computer science and information systems
No.1 in NSW ? for overall student satisfaction
No.2 in NSW ? for learning resources and student support
86.6% ? of our undergraduate Computing and Information Systems students find employment within four months of graduating

Career

Career opportunities

Computer scientists work in software development companies, financial institutions, government departments and research organisations. Their roles encompass the development and implementation of software for complex business problems, systems analysis and the management of computer resources.

Graduates find jobs in:

  • complex software systems
  • advanced computational techniques for graphics, animations and games
  • defence, security and database systems
  • bioinformatics, computational intelligence and robotics

Typical positions include:

  • games developer
  • security architect
  • computer software program manager
  • business intelligence director
  • application development manager
  • cyber security advisor

Once you graduate, some additional roles might include:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Process Automation Specialist
  • Digital Transformation Specialist

These are all emerging roles which have been identified as being in high demand in Australia according to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2020.

Professional recognition

ACS - Australian Computer Society

The Bachelor of Computer Science is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Practical experience

The University of Newcastle's computer science laboratories offer cutting-edge facilities, providing the perfect practical environment to apply your knowledge and test your skills.

There is no professional placement requirement associated with the Bachelor of Computer Science. However, you will gain essential hands-on experience through a range of practical assessments undertaken on campus. A Work Integrated Learning course is also available in your final year for approved proposals.

Experience

A community of collaboration

James is giving kids new skills in computing and technology.

RoboCup Competition

Each year our NUBots team program soccer playing robots to compete in RoboCup, a global competition aimed at advancing artificial intelligence and robotics. Here's their qualification video for the 2017 RoboCup in Nagoya-shi, Aichi, Japan!

Student work - Greenbox

Andrew Ciezak’s final year project uses artificial intelligence to create optimal growing conditions for plants.

Art of Problem Solving Exhibition

Engineers use everyday problems as their canvas for creative inventions that will help change the world. The Art of Problem Solving showcases some of our most exciting engineering and computing innovations.

How to apply

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I am a prospective
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Let's just check you are eligible

Pick your situation from the list below for more information.

If you are an international student, read the information below before completing an application.

As someone who recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or another VET provider, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees have additional entry requirements such as auditions or interviews and where required you will find these listed on the relevant degree page.

Try to choose what you are most interested in and then research some back up options with lower Selection Ranks (SR) to put as your later choices. A good tip is to look at degrees that may have similar first year subjects. This will help you reduce your overall study time if you want to apply to transfer to your degree of choice after the first year. We also recommend choosing one of our free pathway programs as a backup option as your fifth preference on your UAC application. Selection Ranks (SR) requirements for our degrees do change from year to year so only use the Selection Rank (SR) as a guide.

You should start planning your way into uni from Year 10 onwards. Think about:

  • Using our study areas to narrow down study options based on what you are interested in
  • Come and speak to us at events like Open Day, Schools Visit Day and campus tours
  • Check the Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies of the degrees you are interested in
  • If you are a high performer you can get a head start by completing some uni subjects while still at school
  • Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates
  • Have a look at adjustment points and other entry schemes that may give you an extra boost
  • Decide on some back up options like Open Foundation and other entry pathways if you don't get the required marks
  • See our Application FAQs .
  • Have questions? Ask a student.  We know you must have heaps of questions about university life – what’s needed to get into your degree, where to go for support, what on-campus accommodation is available and of course, where to find the best coffee. Jump on our website to chat to one of our Student Ambassadors.

Secondary results don’t have a use-by date, so even if you completed high school 20 years ago, these results may be used to apply to the University of Newcastle. You can use your ATAR or equivalent (UAI, TER etc) to apply irrespective of when you completed Year 12.

It can be complicated to calculate your Selection Rank (SR) based on high school results prior to the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.

If you don’t think you will meet the Selection Rank (SR) for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

For advice on these other options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866.

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. TAFE and private providers, as well as some universities, typically offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.

For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. Selection ranks from different individual qualifications are not combined or added together to form a rank. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission. Different selection ranks are assigned to VET courses with graded assessment and competency based (ungraded) assessment. The tables below provide information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.

TAFE Guaranteed Entry

Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).


Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Diploma Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma
6.5+ 95 96.95
6.25-6.49 93 95.25
6.00-6.24 90 93
5.75-5.99 88 91
5.50-5.74 86 89
5.25-5.49 83 86
5.00-5.24 81 83
4.75-4.99 78 80
4.00-4.74 75 76

Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma Rank - AQF Diploma
76 75


Complete Graded AQF Certificate III or AQF Certificate IV

Please note: Certificate III qualifications and below are not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
6.5+ 78 90
6.25-6.49 78 88
6.00-6.24 77 86
5.75-5.99 76 84
5.50-5.74 75 82
5.25-5.49 73 80
5.00-5.24 71 78
4.75-4.99 69 75
4.00-4.74 67 73


Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV

Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
6773

Note: Incomplete VET studies must be AQF Diploma level or above and more than 0.2 of a full time student (FTE) to be considered for admission.


It is probably best to contact our Enquiry Centre on 1300 275 866 to discuss your qualifications and grades. Our team are happy to advise you on your options.

Your previous qualifications may also make you eligible for credit to your degree. This will cut down on your study time. You can apply for credit before you start. See our credit page for more information.

If you don’t think you will meet the requirements for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average (GPA) (or Grade Average as a percentage for pathway programs like Open Foundation or Yapug) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. To ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. The selection rank from this qualification is not added to your ATAR. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission.

If you have completed a degree and want to move onto postgraduate study please see our Postgraduate website.


Bachelor degree studies

Min GPA (>0.5FTE*) Selection Rank
6.5+ 97.30
6 93.40
5 86.30
4 77.65
3 67.25

*Your GPA can only be calculated if you have completed at least 20 units of study. A full-time study (FTE) load is usually 80 units per year.


Completed pathway (also known as enabling or tertiary preparation) programs

Overall Grade Average Selection Rank
>97 99.55
80 84
70 77
60 70
50 65

If you are currently studying a degree at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree, please see our Internal Transfers page for current students for more information.

If you have completed or are soon to complete an Enabling Pathways program (Open Foundation or Yapug) you can apply with us directly for free for most degrees. Please visit the Your Next Move website for more information.

If you want to transfer or complete a tertiary preparation program at another university you will need to apply through UAC. Please contact our Enquiry Centre 1300 275 866 for information and advice.

If you think you may be eligible for credit please visit our credit section.

If you’re applying on the basis of overseas secondary qualifications, there are some that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, your overseas qualification will be converted to a selection rank so you can be compared to other applicants.

For advice on your options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visit AskUON.

If you haven’t completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Our recommended pathways are:

Pathway programs (Open Foundation and Yapug)

The University of Newcastle is the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. If you haven’t studied for a while, or your high school results weren’t what you expected, you can start at university with one of our pathway programs. Our pathway programs offer guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. When you complete this program your Grade Point Average as a percentage can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. The programs on offer are:

  • Open Foundation
    Completing our Open Foundation pathway program will award you a new rank to apply to uni.  Finish Open Foundation in just a single semester or take your time - up to 2 years. Flexible study supports you to learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.
  • Yapug
    If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could complete our one year Yapug pathway program.
  • Diploma in Engineering
    Complete this program full-time (in one year) or part-time (up to 4 years) to get entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.
  • Undergraduate Certificates
    Complete this program full-time  (in a single semester) or part-time (two semesters) you can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.

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Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), that assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. If you are over 18 and not a current Year 12 student, results from the STAT multiple-choice test can be used for entry into some (but not all) of the degrees offered at the University of Newcastle. Make sure you look into which degrees accept STAT for entry.

If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.


If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

Non-Award Admission

If you want to do one or two subjects at the University of Newcastle but not a full degree you can apply for non-award admission. You may want to do this for preliminary work for a higher degree, professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

Find out more and apply by visiting Non-Award Admission.


Cross-Institutional Study

If you are currently at another university and want to do one or more subjects at the University of Newcastle for credit you can apply for Cross-Institutional Study.

Find out more and apply by visiting Cross-Institutional Study.

If you have more than one of the qualifications listed above they may all count towards your application. We are always happy to provide advice and discuss your circumstances so please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or by submitting a question using AskUON. Otherwise check out our application FAQ.

Senior secondary school qualification

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools. To check if your qualification is recognised for direct entry into the University of Newcastle, please refer to the entry requirement tables below.

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Asia

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Rest of World

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - South Asia

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements - Europe

Post-secondary study

Further education like diplomas and university study can also be assessed for admission.

Additional requirements

Some of our programs have additional requirements like an audition, or portfolio.

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.

The Australian Government operates a student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa programme must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently. All Australian education providers must have strategies and arrangements in place to ensure that all students and prospective students meet the requirements with Direction 69 as a condition of admission to the institution.

When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess this against university entrance requirements including: minimum age, English and academic entry requirements. To comply with Australian law your application will also be assessed to check that you are genuinely seeking temporary entry to Australia to study. You may be asked to provide the University of Newcastle with evidence addressing Ministerial Direction 69 as part of finalising your admission. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your confirmation of enrolment.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia will also assess each application for a student visa (subclass 500) against the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily in Australia as a genuine student. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in Ministerial Direction 69. Applicants that don’t satisfy the criteria under Direction 69 will not be granted a student visa.

For more information, please refer to the following areas of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process, adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.

Answer a few questions now to find out what mathematics you should enrol in.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

HSC Mathematics (Band 5 or above) or equivalent.

Applicants who have achieved less than Mathematics Band 5 or have not completed a science related subject may be admitted to the program but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the requirements of the program.

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E1 or above).

You can look at NUPrep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

You should also think about degree add-ons like combined options or a Diploma in Languages. If you would like to learn an additional language alongside your main bachelor degree, then this program is for you. Languages offered include: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.

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